Today, the latest available data for Halton shows that in the last 7 days to 2nd January, there have been 1125 confirmed cases of Covid19 in the borough.
This means that our current rate per 100k population is 869/100,000 – or put more simply 1 in every 115 people in Halton currently have the virus.
There is no doubting that these figures are of serious concern.
The rise in recent weeks has been rapid – with a 463% increase from the middle of December to the first week in January). The cases in Halton have escalated more significantly than in other areas of Cheshire and the Liverpool City Region.
We believe there are a number of factors that have led to this rise:
- The new variant of the virus which now spreads 70% more quickly – this new variant has been identified in Chester and Wrexham, so we must assume that it has now reached Halton.
- More social gathering over Christmas, following the Government’s easing of restrictions
- Poor behaviour and understanding of what social isolation actually means;
- Levels of deprivation hampering self-isolation and pressure from employers on workers to return to work quickly
- Rapidly changing national messages
This is a position we must address urgently and a plan is currently being developed by the Director of Public Health to do this.
As part of this, we will be releasing further data and supporting communications to the public to present the very concerning current position and ask for their help to tackle it.
This will be accompanied by
- a graphic depicting the rapid escalation of cases over the last few weeks.
- a video message from the Director of Public Health
- supporting messages setting out actions people must take to keep themselves and others safe
These will be shared over social media, online, via partner organisations and through the media – including an interview being given by Eileen O’Meara later today on Radio Merseyside.
We are also seeking the support of all members in cascading the following important key messages:
- Stay at home, as we have been instructed to do in the latest national lockdown.
- Remember the basics if we need to go to the shops for essentials – so wear a face covering; keeping a distance from others; use the sanitizers and cleaning products provided in shops and wash our hands as soon as we get home.
- And if you cannot work from home, get a fast no-symptoms test every five days, to help stop the spread of the virus within your workplace.
- No one should have to struggle through this situation on their own - help and support is available if it is needed. Our website www.halton.gov.uk is where information can be found or alternatively by calling our Covid Support Line: 0151 907 8363 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm)
Dear parents/ carers,
It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce that our school will be closed, effective immediately. After such a successful first term back, this was not the start to the term we envisaged.
The NEU Teaching unions have intervened and told members not to go into work due to unsafe levels of Covid infections. They have called for learning to be moved online for at least 2 weeks. Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union has stated, ' The NEU knows that the science suggests that to get infection rates down, schools should not be open in the first two weeks of January. Cases were rising rapidly amongst school age children at the end of last term and they were the highest rates of any demographics. These children live as part of families and in communities and they can spread the infection into their families and into the wider community. There is scientific concern that the new variant might be more prevalent amongst younger people than previous variants.'
We realise that this is late notice and is a huge inconvenience for you, as parents, and myself, as headteacher. The unions want to work with the government to achieve the central aim, which is for schools to be open safely and as soon as possible.
As always parents, I thank you for your support. Class teachers will be in touch re online learning. We, as a school, are using OAK ACADEMY trust. You will find information on the website already but class teachers and the needs of the classes are all different so they will be in touch accordingly.
We can accommodate, as last lockdown, key worker and vulnerable children. If you require a keyworker child's place/vulnerable child place, can you please email me, as soon as possible.
NHS Letter.pdf 25.09.2020
Weston Point Primary School
Head teacher: Miss N Curphey
Secretary: Mrs C Williams
Telephone: 01928 574 593
Deputy head: Mr T Paul
email@example.com SENCO: Mr C Mellor firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of Governing Body: Glenys Bellfield
Dates For Your Diary
School reopens as planned Tuesday 5th January at normal bubble time.
Important information if your child is unwell.
INFLUENZA - Stay at home, rest and sleep.
DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING -
Stay at home and get plenty of rest. Keep
children away from school for at least 48 hours
after the last episode of diarrhoea/vomiting.
Remember— Punctuality is important .
Valuable teaching time can be lost if your child is late.
Key Stage 2 children all have a homework diary, can you please check the diary and sign it each week. Remember this diary can be an important means of communication
between home and school.
School Session Times
A.M 9.00 —12.00 (Rec /KS1)
9.00 – 12.15 (KS2)
Lunch 12.00—1.00 (Rec /KS1)
1.00— 3.00 ( Rec /KS1)
1.00— 3.05 (KS2)
Children should arrive on the playground no earlier than 8.50 am.
It has been observed that the parking of motor vehicles in the vicinity of
Weston Point Primary School , are parked in such a manner as to cause unnecessary obstruction to other road users and a danger to your children and their friends making their way to and from school.
Incidents of vehicles parking:
On the pavement causing an obstruction to pedestrians, which is enforceable by way of £30 fixed penalty notice.Parking on or near to a junction obstructing the line of sight, which is enforceable by way of £30 fixed penalty notice.
Parking near to the school gates on the hatch markings obstructing the line of sight, which is enforceable by way of £30 fixed penalty notice.
We are, therefore, asking for the co-operation of yourself and other users of your vehicle in this matter, in order to help in reducing the risk of accidents occurring at the location. Please, if you must drive your children to or from school park well away from the school entrance and at a location which will not cause obstruction or a danger to any other person. As soon as your child is safely in the school or car, drive away promptly and safely, bearing in mind those children who are arriving/ leaving on foot.
Finally, we much prefer to rely upon the willing co-operation of road users to reduce the hazards described above. Unfortunately, if that co-operation is not forthcoming, enforcement measures by fixed penalty or court proceedings may be the only alternative.
Weston Point Primary School
Telephone: 01928 574 593
Head teacher: Miss N Curphey
Secretary: Mrs C Williams
Chair of Governing body: Glenys Bellfield
The school day begins at 9:00am and finishes at 3:00 for the Infants, and 3:05 for the Juniors.
At 10:30am, all of the children in school have a morning break time. Break time is between 10:30 and 10:45. Children who wish to have a morning snack, are served a selection of fruit or toast and a drink of water or milk from the hatch in the dining room. Each snack item costs 20 pence.
Children in Key Stage 1 have their lunch at 12:00, and Key Stage 2 begin their lunch break at 12:15. Lunch times all end at 1:00.
All children in Key Stage One have an afternoon playtime between 2:00 and 2:15. During this playtime, the children are provided with a small piece of fruit.
Drop-off and collection:
At the beginning and the end of the school day, parents are encouraged into the playground. This helps to build up a close relationship between home and school – we want to have good links with all parents and carers. If normal arrangements have to be altered (eg you are delayed or another person is collecting your child), please let us know. This avoids any confusion or upset. Children in Key Stage 2 can be collected by the door next to pre-school, at home time.
Getting to school:
To get to and from school, walking is definitely the best option! There are lots of benefits; it's healthier than travelling by car, it improves the safety of pedestrians and road-users, and it respects nearby residents and parking regulations. Alternatively, we have bike racks. If you do need to travel by car, we have spaces to park your vehicles, opposite the entrance to school.
Punctuality It is a parent's responsibility to ensure their children arrive at school on time. Lateness can disrupt the learning of others and can result in a pupil feeling greater stress and achieving poorer outcomes.
Every school, by law, has to register pupils twice a day; first thing in the morning at the start of the school day, and again in the afternoon session. If a pupil fails to attend or arrives late they will be marked as an absence for that session.
Research shows a close link between attendance at school and a child's achievement. Being late adds up to a loss of learning.
All time out of school affects learning and achievement for pupils. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time.Any child who arrives after registration should go to the School Office with parent/guardian .Parent/guardian will be asked to sign The Late Book .This is a Health and Safety matter as we require a written record of all children in school.
THE AIMS OF THE SCHOOL
Weston Point Community Primary School aims to nurture the all round development of every pupil. In order to achieve this, we set out to:
To create a secure, happy, caring environment, where children and staff can develop their full potential, intellectually, physically and spiritually, having equal opportunities and receiving an education of quality suited to their specific need.
To treat each child as an individual, recognising his/her achievement and rewarding success.
We endeavour to foster the child's confidence in his/her abilities and enable them to adopt skills and strategies to become, where practicable, independent learners.
We aim to encourage the concepts of fair play and fair mindedness.
To provide a lively, stimulating curriculum in which the children are given a firm grounding in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy and having access to the National Curriculum and its assessment. In so doing, we endeavour to extend the child's perceptive and creative skills. Our teaching of the core subjects is directed through the outlines of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, and specific Science teaching. The foundation subjects are taught, initially, through an imaginative cross-curricular approach, becoming more subject based as the child progresses through the school, and providing as many first hand experiences as possible.
To foster a partnership between the school and the wider the community, encouraging respect for the environment. This partnership is also vital in the working together of staff, parents and governors for the benefit of the children.
We are a school that likes to celebrate success – at every level. The life of the school is driven by enthusiasm and a desire to achieve. We aim to bring learning alive, making it exciting and stimulating. We want to give our children a thirst for learning that continues with them throughout their future school experiences and lives. An essential ingredient for this to happen is teamwork. We view education as a joint venture, involving everyone – children, parents, staff, Governors and the wider community. We hope that we will be able to depend on your co-operation and support in this partnership, hoping that together we can provide the best for every child.